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Old 02-17-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Homebrew as barter item when our currency is worthless?

My wife and I are becoming as self sufficent as we can. We are buying land, I am starting a small farm, we grow our own food, building a root cellar, try and make everything we can because 1) we feel our, ahem... "free market" system has turned into a morally deplorable system and we want to be independent from it as much as possible, and 2) we don't know how much longer it will be around anyway. I was just wondering how many other homebrewers are thinking that tasty brew will make an excellent means of exchange when TSHTF, and brew there own to get away from the system of economic slavery we are currently under. Alcohol consumption goes up during times of civil unrest.

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #2
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im thinking we should be stocking up on guns and ammo and body armor, not farmland. we should be stopping the destruction of out nation, not running from the wake.

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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1) we feel our, ahem... "free market" system has turned into a morally deplorable system and we want to be independent from it as much as possible, and 2) we don't know how much longer it will be around anyway.
1) Admirable proposition - many complain about our society, few do anything to change or remove themselves from it
2) Don't forget to stock up on tinfoil for your hats!
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:21 PM   #4
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If you look at the zombiepocalypse threads you will see that when the crash happens many of us are going to declare ourselves "King of the Sacred Barley Water" and trade our beers for nubile slave girls....so that we can repopulate the planet.

I mean there is a great precident for this for brewers providing a much needed food and water replacement.....Partigyle brewing provided for small table beers for the kiddies to drink when the water was bad....

That's why we have started the GAP thread to explore non-traditional beer making with common grocery items. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/gap-...rocery+Produce

I even designed my label for the "snake oil".......er I mean beer...



I figure I'll have my kingdom pretty well covered.

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:23 PM   #5
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im thinking we should be stocking up on guns and ammo and body armor, not farmland. we should be stopping the destruction of out nation, not running from the wake.
I find it ironic that you choose to stock up on tools of destruction to save our nation from being destroyed.
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I don't know if I'd take it to that extreme, but there is nothing wrong with learning some self sufficiency. It will pay off even during times of natural disaster.

If for some reason things go to sh!t, all HBT members are welcome to join my brewing commune. We'll be somewhere in northern Idaho or northwestern Montana most likely. Bring your brewing equipment.

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I find it ironic that you choose to stock up on tools of destruction to save our nation from being destroyed.
+10 on this one. I think a combo of the two might work as the firearms can be used for hunting as well
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I like the idea of bringing back bartering as a more viable means of exchange, especially in times of financial hardship. Even now, I try to work on a barter system whenever I can. Obviously I need some currency for living expenses, but when I do computer work on the side I'll just trade my services for whatever the other person can provide. Chiropractic work, welding services, auto maintenance, peaches, tomato plants, whatever. When you think about it, both parties are getting to cut out at least 3 layers of government involvement. In addition, it takes less effort for both parties to fulfill their end of the deal when they are professionals at providing those services. Currency is great for many things, but as government starts taking a bigger slice each time it hits an account it quickly saps value from that medium. I know that even bartering is taxable, but how can they tax it if they don't know what it's worth and it's never written down?

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Wow, I shoulda guessed the homebrewing DIY attitude on this forum would bring such quick replies! The farm land is something we would do no matter what. I have been woking on small sustainable veg/fruit farms for the last 4 seasons and know it is my calling. The firearms and ammo, well, I am non-violent so I may regret that moral stand someday but it is were I stand today. We are very into fostering the local economy and even local government. My thinking has been when things get so big that you can't show up on your elected officals front yard to chew him out then the government is too big!
On a side note... this forum rocks! I have learned alot since joining up! Thanks guys!

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